hi steve c:
I have anxiety and depression also. have you been diagnosed with any kind of mental disorder? idk but from my experience, a psychiatrist can help determine what is going on and prescribe you medication that may help. I am taking 50 mg of Zoloft (sertraline) and it has worked very well. its one of the first meds doctors prescribe because of its success rate. but not everything works for everyone. you just have to try. maybe you should try making an appointment with a psychiatrist. you might even be able to get in sooner than 2 months. its just a suggestion. good luck with everything. msg me anytime. -Lynnsee c:
After ten years, hopefully you have found your answer here today. It took me even longer to find what would help my own family's health issues and Magnesium was the answer.
There are scientists suggesting that many cases of depression is a result of a magnesium deficiency. The pattern magnesium deficiency follows is lots of anxiety coupled with depressive feelings. If that sounds like you, you may have low magnesium.
Other symptoms of low magnesium include elevated blood pressure, insomnia, brain fog, poor memory, 'lump in the throat' sensation, ringing in the ears, panic attacks, rapid heart beats, etc.
1 First of all, you need to find the correct magnesium supplement.
You should look specifically for magnesium glycinate, magnesium taurate or magnesium citrate.
This is important ! Multivitamins usually contain magnesium oxide, which is not bioavailable, thus not effective.
2 Make sure your magnesium supplement is not coupled with calcium. so if it contains large amounts of calcium it could lower your magnesium even more, resulting in a worsening of your depression.
This is just one of the searches on Mg and Depression
This is From Pubmed:
Rapid recovery from major depression using magnesium treatment.
Major depression is a mood disorder characterized by a sense of inadequacy, despondency, decreased activity, pessimism, anhedonia and sadness where these symptoms severely disrupt and adversely affect the person's life, sometimes to such an extent that suicide is attempted or results. Antidepressant drugs are not always effective and some have been accused of causing an increased number of suicides particularly in young people. Magnesium deficiency is well known to produce neuropathologies. Only 16% of the magnesium found in whole wheat remains in refined flour, and magnesium has been removed from most drinking water supplies, setting a stage for human magnesium deficiency. Magnesium ions regulate calcium ion flow in neuronal calcium channels, helping to regulate neuronal nitric oxide production. In magnesium deficiency, neuronal requirements for magnesium may not be met, causing neuronal damage which could manifest as depression.
Magnesium treatment is hypothesized to be effective in treating major depression resulting from intraneuronal magnesium deficits. These magnesium ion neuronal deficits may be induced by stress hormones, excessive dietary calcium as well as dietary deficiencies of magnesium.
Case histories are presented showing rapid recovery (less than 7 days) from major depression using 125-300 mg of magnesium (as glycinate and taurinate) with each meal and at bedtime. Magnesium was found usually effective for treatment of depression in general use.
Related and accompanying mental illnesses in these case histories including traumatic brain injury, headache, suicidal ideation, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, postpartum depression, cocaine, alcohol and tobacco abuse, hypersensitivity to calcium, short-term memory loss and IQ loss were also benefited.
Dietary deficiencies of magnesium, coupled with excess calcium and stress may cause many cases of other related symptoms including agitation, anxiety, irritability, confusion, asthenia, sleeplessness, headache, delirium, hallucinations and hyperexcitability, with each of these having been previously documented.
The possibility that magnesium deficiency is the cause of most major depression and related mental health problems including IQ loss and addiction is enormously important to public health and is recommended for immediate further study. Fortifying refined grain and drinking water with biologically available magnesium to pre-twentieth century levels is recommended.
There is plenty more info on the net and You Tube re Mg Deficiency.
Mg Glycinate is inexpensive and available on line, best if taken with Vit. D3.
Wish you well. Mg is the healthy way to go.